Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits - Eat More Leafy Greens!

After all the candy and sweets of Halloween, I'm craving some healthy greens.  Usually for dinner on Tuesdays we have some sort of salad as the meal.  The mention of salad for dinner doesn't exactly excite my kids, but it's a way to get a couple more servings of veggies in them (and me).  In honor of our Tuesday Salad Day and World Vegan Day, here are some tidbits on healthy greens...

Calorie for calorie, chard, collard, kale, and other leafy greens may just be the most nutritious food you can eat. They’re packed with vitamins A, B, K and others, and rich in essential minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium, as well as antioxidants. The phytochemicals in greens can help prevent heart disease and cancer and have been shown to boost mental clarity, prevent depression, and reduce risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s. 

Some of the healthiest greens - swiss chard, arugula, collard greens, bok choy, kale and watercress.

Bagged or fresh greens? Bagged greens can be as nutritious as fresh but are more likely to be contaminated with bacteria. Always wash before eating, even if the packaging specifies “prewashed” or “triple washed.”

Cleanliness and common sense are keys to reducing contracting foodborne illness from leafy greens.  Wash hands prior to preparing greens.  Wash greens well in running tap water to remove visible dirt.  Remove and discard outermost leaves.  Use a clean cutting board, free of other foods.  Avoid preparing food for others when you are sick.  

Tidbits taken from Men's Journal, Chicago Tribune, CDC.

Do you have a kid friendly salad (as a meal) recipe?

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